The Mad Wolf’s Daughter Blog Tour Review

Book Description

Title: The Mad Wolf’s Daughter
Author: Diane Magras
Publish Date: March 6, 2018

A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home–with all the excitement of Ranger’s Apprentice and perfect for fans of heroines like Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series.

One dark night, Drest’s sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when invading knights capture her family, but leave Drest behind. Her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers are a fearsome war-band, but now Drest is the only one who can save them. So she starts off on a wild rescue attempt, taking a wounded invader along as a hostage.

Hunted by a bandit with a dark link to her family’s past, aided by a witch whom she rescues from the stake, Drest travels through unwelcoming villages, desolate forests, and haunted towns. Every time she faces a challenge, her five brothers speak to her in her mind about courage and her role in the war-band. But on her journey, Drest learns that the war-band is legendary for terrorizing the land. If she frees them, they’ll not hesitate to hurt the gentle knight who’s become her friend.

Drest thought that all she wanted was her family back; now she has to wonder what their freedom would really mean. Is she her father’s daughter or is it time to become her own legend?



“Sometimes words alone can save your life.”*


The Story

I received an ARC from Penguin Young Readers Group for a fair review.

What an exciting story about 12 year old Drest as she journeys to save her family after she is the sole survivor of a raid that has taken them captive. I think my favorite part about this book was that when she was processing a situation it wasn’t told in a way that she was thinking it out…even though she was. In multiple scenarios Drest imagined her various brothers giving her advice on how to handle the situation. Even though it was her own thoughts it reflected how much of her own training came from each of her brothers and dad, but also how she herself branched off as her own courageous person.

The story itself had consistent pacing that started off in a way that sets the vibe that Drest is the youngest and not the most experienced. By the end she has grown, learned, and experienced so much more that she has readily earned the appreciation from the whole war band. The book is an ode to little girls who can be just as brave as any boy.

The World Building

Though the story itself isn’t an epic fantasy I felt that I could easily escape into the world. Through the language the characters used, to the subtle descriptions of the surrounding, weaponry, attire, and even the actions of the towns people, I was able to imagine the world that Drest was traveling through. There were only a few times that I thought the scenario a stretch, but for the most part I thought it all a story that is entirely plausible.

The end of the book included a glossary as well as an author’s note that included research that would help any young reader understand with background information about historical Scotland and even where inspiration from names came from.

The Characters

I am only going to express my love for our hero Drest here. What a tough cookie! I love that though she may let some people assume she was a boy, she still was proud to be a girl and to not let it affect her concept of her abilities. Never once did she think that she couldn’t accomplish such an impossible task because of her sex or even her age. Even though she had never gone off to battle herself, she thought herself just as much a part of her fathers war band just as any other brother of hers, declaring herself to be a legend. She is such a brave and snarky character that you can’t help but cheer her on.

The Soundtrack

Phil Good – Better



About the Author


Diane Magras grew up on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The Mad Wolf’s Daughter is her debut novel. She is the editor, writer, and chief fund raiser for the Maine Humanities Council. She volunteers at her son’s school library, and is addicted to tea, toast, castles, legends, and most things medieval. Diane lives in Maine with her husband and son and thinks often of Scotland, where her books are set.




Blog Tour

March 5 – Xpresso Reads – Review
March 6 – The Review Room – Review
March 7 – The Book Deviant – Review
March 8 – Pop! Goes the Reader – Author Guest Post – Feminism and gender stereotypes on book
March 9 – Rhythmic Booktrovert – Review + Instagram
March 12 – Megan Write Now – Q&A
March 13 – Tween Librarian – Review
March 14 – The Quirky Book Nerd – Review
March 15 – Vicariously & Voraciously – Review
March 16 – Mundie Kids – Character Profiles
March 20 – Lu and Bean Read – Review

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*Quote extracted from an unproofed ARC copy that may be changed in final print.

Tess of the Road

33123849Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Publish Date: 2/27/2018
ARC received from Random House Children’s via Netgalley for a fair review.

It is my policy to not give a star rating to a book that I DNF.

“We are adrift, and the thinnest breeze may blow us where it will.”+

As Tess was growing up it became exceedingly evident that she was the bad child in her family. After a series of situations that find her on the bad side her family decides to send her to a nunnery. Tess decides to take her future to the road instead.


The Story

I only made it to 32% before I decided I just didn’t have it in me to push any farther, which is actually farther than I usually give since I tend to quit at about 20%. I didn’t want to be put into the position where I was forcing myself to read. Because honestly, that just takes the fun out of the whole experience.

This book didn’t really feel very YA to me. I think a big part of that was the extensive vocabulary that was used in the writing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think YA readers are a bunch of morons with vernacular that would fit a child’s. However, I did find myself highlighting a lot of words such as: salubrious, nomenclature, grandiloquently, bloviations. I personally love learning new words, unfortunately I felt the use of these large words actually bogged down the text quite a bit. So much time was spent describing how Tess was basically screwed that there really wasn’t much forward movement in the story. With that in mind I think it just added to the fact that I thought the story was just plain boring.

The storytelling itself was rather disjointed. Because of the nature of how Tess’s biggest mistakes (I’m assuming) are revealed we are given partial history as she continues to carry on in a selfish, yet somehow still self sacrificing way.

I originally thought that I would pick up the Seraphina books after I finished the ARC. I am now disinclined to read them at all. The style of writing just isn’t for me.


The World Building

I saw that it wasn’t exactly necessary to read the Seraphina books prior to this, but I feel like a lot of the world wasn’t exactly explained in a way that I could understand it. I had a hard time visualizing creatures and surroundings because of their obscurities. While I was reading I felt like it was assumed that you would have had already read those books. Because of this I had a hard time mentally jumping into the story and seeing it through Tess’ eyes.


The Characters

I had a very hard time getting behind and supporting Tess. The prologue lead me to believe she would be a curious and fierce character. What I was later introduced to was an adult Tess who did things to help her sister, but only because she had put herself in a situation that left her with little options. Please do not take this in the way that I support the type of society that she lived in, however, if you are within a society like that it should is understood that she should have known the consequences of her actions. I am a firm believer in positive vocal reinforcement, so I can say that I do not support how her mother did educated, disciplined, or chastised her. Still, I could not get behind the fact that she continued to badger the problem by her excessive drinking and her use of it as an escape from her mother. It all made me rather sad for her lack of self preservation and pride for what she could be.

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+Quote was taken from an advanced reader copy. The final version may changed or removed it.

Red Winter

31829155Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy #1) by Annette Marie


 “Actions change our course, influence our futures, but intentions define us, empower us. Without intent, we are nothing.”

Ten years ago Emi was marked by Amaterasu to be the vessel as her human host to inhabit. Since then she has been preparing her body and soul for the moment that the kami will join with her. One day she finds out a secret that unravels everything she was led to believe. With the help of her natural enemy, a yokai, she decide to get the truth about the impending ritual and what it means for her life.

The Story

Guys this was so good. At first I was a little skeptical. I originally started this because Sana & Tweebs were all gaga for this book, but my initial reaction was this is pretty good…but boring. My dear friend Amanda got the book though, and she’s a ridiculously fast reader and blasted through the series and insisted I continued on. I trusted her enough to do it and thank fully I did. Seriously, I was enraptured by the world building and visual aids in the book, but nothing really happens till 75 pages into the book. From that point on it was rather exciting as Emi discovered more about herself and what it means to be a kamigakari. I don’t want to give away too much about this book but let me just say that if you are a fan of manga/anime that involves yokai, then you need to read this book. Seriously, the Inuyasha  and Kamisama Hajimemashita vibes are strong, but not in a rip-off sort of way.

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I don’t normally say this, but I ship the characters SO hard even though the romance is very minimal. The story itself focuses mostly around Emi and her inner struggle as she ultimately decides if what she has been working for her entire life is worth the sacrifice. In the midst of her self discovery, she makes some new…allies and together they uncover a secret that connects them in ways they didn’t imagine.

The World Building

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So a lot of you probably don’t know this about me. But I am what one might consider a Japanophile. I am a big fan of anime/manga (though haven’t really kept up recently). I studied Japanese and spent a few months over there studying culture. In fact, it’s been exactly 5 years since I went, and I miss it dearly. (Clearly this is a picture of me getting to wear a traditional kimono while I was there)

Anyway, what I am trying to say is that I really  enjoyed the Japanese infusion in these books. There are so many cultural aspects that are accurately (at least to my knowledge) used here, and only a great deal of research or knowledge could have brought this all together. As a fan, I greatly appreciated it all. Again, if you are someone who is a fan of manga/anime surrounding yokai, you will probably really get a kick out of this.

For those on the less obsessive scale, the book provides a glossary in the back with not only help pronouncing the (real) Japanese words, but also with definitions for them. On top of that the writing was so visually stunning, while I was reading I almost wanted to close my eyes in escape into my memories of my visits to the shrines.

One of the extra awesome parts of this book were the visual aids. The book has beautiful pictures!

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Art is provided by Brittany Jackson and she is super talented. The book isn’t overrun by the pictures. It really just adds the extra dash of pizzazz to the book and it is just extra special for it.

The Characters

This has some of my favorite things. I mean, strong female character paired with a snarky kitsune? Be still my beating heart! I. JUST. CANT. I love them so much.

Emi-She’s so sweet and innocent at the beginning and I was like, look at this little prim and proper princess, live a little. Boy, does she live a little. I mean, she doesn’t go all buck wild..but she might as well have all things considering. Her responses to some of her first experiences are so cute, like not knowing how to hold a freaking hamburger (Just for your reading sake, I am say that as “ham bah gah” like I would if I was speaking Japanese and I am giggling to myself as I write this). Anyway, despite her lack of her experience in life she is so eager to be more than just a vassal, and I love her for admitting to herself that she didn’t even have a personality because of her preparation. Like yay, you’re special without having to be some amazing snow-flake. What’s so great about her though? She’s compassionate to her enemies and brave and tough despite her lack of fighting experience.

Shiro- You know how people have got it bad for sparkling vampires, werewolves, fae of the night court? Well I have it bad for kitsune. I blame the manga/anime Kamisama Hajimemashita . (excuse me if I disappear to binge watch it all over again)

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Shiro is so cute with in his vulnerable state with his lack of power (and multiple wounds, poor guy!) I loved how much he intentionally just wanted to get on Emi’s nerves by saying things to make her blush. He may be sneaky, but he is still loyal to a fault and very protective. I just adore him.

I love Yumei too, but let me just say I am a sucker for those fox ears. I can’t wait to see what this Miko and her yokai friends get into in the next book!


宇野実彩子 – どうして恋してこんな  (Misako Uno – Doushite Koi Shite Konna)



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29939390Windwitch (Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard


“Why do you hold a razor in one hand?
So men remember that I am sharp as any edge.
And why do you hold broken glass in the other?
So men remember that I am always watching.”

The Story

This book was both beautiful and terrifying as each of our witch’s lives are torn apart and transformed in the sequel to Truthwitch. Dennard expands on the world that she brought us previously and each character’s story unfolds to show more power and depth than we would have expected from an already vibrant story.

Though this book is called Windwitch, it is no indication that it is solely about Merik. In fact, it is much a story of our collective witches rather than just solely one or two. Previously, Truthwitch really did revolve mostly around Safi and her thread sister Iseult’s base story, whereas Windwitch delves into each story – not favoring any one witch. What I loved about this book was that every with has their own journey that they are on, and where you may have found them to be a villain previously, you find that you are still rooting for them even if their goal is countering your favorite character.

For those who are looking for continued romance, don’t expect this installment t have it.  This book is less of romance and more of a battle for survival. This book focused more on each character’s individual strength through their dilemmas. However, we are set up for some interesting relationships for later in the series. And lets just say I ship them all!!! A minor LGBTQA+ rep slid into this book, but has potential to grow so much more in the series.

New mysteries have unfolded and has left Dennard the opportunity to take the story in multiple directions (which she sort of already has). You aren’t exactly left with a cliffhanger, but more or less an opening for an already broad story to grow exponentially.

The World Building

If I ever met Susan Dennard, my first question would be where she gets her inspiration from for the world building in this series. What I find so impressive is how much everything just connects together. Having had read the first two books twice now really just brings about how many minor details are brought back out and utilized. Though, sometimes dense, I still found every little bit intriguing. I love how slowly everything is revealed. Susan is such a tease giving us just a little bit about the Cahr Arwen, the various water wells, and even the Hell-bards so that we have to keep coming back for more.

The Characters

I love the characters in this book. Everyone suffers, but they do so beautifully. I think what is so inspiring about each character is that they are so selfless. Each one of these precious characters have something that they are sacrificing their safety and well being for. The idea of thread sisters and brothers and the connection it has is so special. It’s not just like saying they are basically best friends, their physical being and souls are interwoven with their threads – their threads are actually bound.

The Soundtrack

Thrice – For Miles

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The Weight of Feathers

20734002The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore


“The sense of falling did not touch her, not as long as her body was between the hands of this boy who felt steadier in the air than on the ground.” 

Long before their fateful encounter, Lace Paloma and Luc Corbeau’s families have rivaled. With a history that involves death, these two families live and breathe hatred for each other. As traveling showman, both families couldn’t be more different; the Paloma’s performing with fins in the water and the Corbeau’s with wings on the backs up in the trees. Amongst the hatred and superstitions, this unlikely pair’s romance may dig up the roots that set this family apart.

The Story– I absolutely adored this book! The story of the classic warring families of Romeo & Juliet is brought back to life with just a tad of magical realism. Let me be honest though, the only way I typically like Romeo & Juliet is when it’s played by Lenardo D’Caprio & Claire Danes with some fantastic music in the background (granted I have yet to see the Hailee Steinfeld movie that came out a few years ago – bad HS fan!)

Now while I might usually say that the interactions did not provide for a substantially built relationship, it does stick with the quick to fall in love notion that Romeo & Juliet provides. With that being said, the background of each character helps provide the platform that allows someone who is willing to accept who the other is, just as they are. That in itself is fair enough to fall in love with – banished by their families for various reasons sets up our characters to be open to the love that each other can offer. Anyway, the romance in this book is seriously so sweet!

The World Building– Beautifully written, Spanish and French influence was interwoven to add some additional flavor. Which, if you guys know me at all, just adds a million points. I loved how the families had traits about them that added an otherworldly presence – the fish with the scales and the birds with wings. It was fantastic way to add to the opposition each family would have towards each other, and a romantic way for the characters to learn to adapt.

The Characters– Both Lace and Cluck were so sweet despite their deeply embedded hatred for each other. There is something to be said about how they were able to fall for each other when their natural reaction was to recoil from just the touch of each other. Despite knowing how their family acts it was hard to see them be so loyal to what their family stood for. For the record, their families are awful! The fact that their families (for the most part) were so horrible just made it easier to cheer the characters on as they discover who they are and what they are destined for in their life.

The Soundtrack- The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition


Buddy read with the lovely Ash and Rae

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21414439Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

“It wasn’t freedom she wanted. It was belief in something—a prize big enough to run for and to fight for and to keep on reaching toward no matter what.” 

Safi’s skill to detect lies and truth is a sought after skill that has her on the run for her life with more than just one person chasing after her. In the first of the Witchlands series she and her friend Iseult find themselves on the run, or rather captured, for this power and what it means for the country that has it.

The Story-This story is non-stop excitement. From the first moment of a road side heist to a battle for their lives Safi &co are constantly on the run, narrowly escaping capture or death. Having gone through this book twice now, and I am still fully entertained. Throughout the story allies and enemies interchange and by the end we are faced ultimately with an unknown that is just on the verge of being discovered. This enemy seems to have a lot more planned than what we are initially given, and builds for an exciting series.

The World Building-Susan Dennard does such a wonderful fully enveloping a well-built world. With a just a touch of history to the world we aren’t very overwhelmed as we learn about the magical elements and learn more about the characters and their personalities. In fact, in this second half there are such little details that I didn’t notice the first time around that aren’t necessary to get through the story, but are like little hidden gems that you not think are significant without knowing what will happen in the future. These are the type of details that are found in well planned worlds that the authors take such extra care and pour the time into. As a reader I really appreciate the amount of work that must go into it.

I love how the magic in this world is borderline elemental, but still delivers something that is fresh and unique. Each characters magic helps develop their personalities as well as provide such a colorful world. At first, some of all the magical abilities are a little much to keep track of, but the more I am immersed into this book, the more I appreciate all the details and specifics that allow as well as limit the characters’ abilities.

The world and historical culture is fully thought out as each characters background plays into their role, what’s driving them, and what they are searching for. Each character is given a background that has room to grow as we proceed through the series. Throughout the story, we are given just enough description of the surroundings that we are able to envision the story as it plays out without it bogging down the text and taking away from where the real story development is given.

The Characters– There are multiple POV’s used throughout the book. As I have said before, each character has full history and personality that help progress the story. What I really liked about these characters were that not only were not only given romance but we are given a story that involves relentless comradery, familial loyalty, and even religious devoutness. Each character has such purpose in their actions that none of their POV’s are used sparingly.

Version Versus– The audio version is fantastic. Cassandra Campbell does a fantastic job doing accents to help add flavor to the story. If you’re a fan of languages or linguistics I think you would appreciate the audio production.

Can we just talk about these covers?

The original cover features the titled character, and lets just say that Safi looks so bad ass, and lets face it, she proves to be so strong headed, fierce, and yes bad ass. The paperback cover is, equally as fantastic! I have no idea which one I like better.

The Soundtrack – Zella Day – Compass

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Poison’s Cage

34371260Poison’s Cage (Poison’s Kiss #2) by Breeana Shields


“Each weapon is a work of art, and I wonder what drives the impulse to make the instruments of death so beautiful.” 

Marinda and Iyla infiltrate the Naga in an attempt to kill the Nagaraja. They somehow continue to work with each other despite the lies that are woven into their lives and plans. They can hardly trust each other but still continue to rely on each other as their missions unfold.

The Story– I liked how this story of a vish kanya was still able to continue as the girls essentially aim to overtake the organization that turned them into monsters. The story flows easily and like the first book, was a very easy read. There really weren’t many dull moments as our characters are metaphorically thrown into a pit of snakes and are never quite out of danger throughout the story. It seems the entire time that the Naga are always just one step ahead of the girls.

Though the book continues my favorite aspect (the Indian/Hindu/Buddhist inspired world building) it also brought back aspects I didn’t like, that first and foremost being the romance. This time, Iyla has her chance at romance, and it seems one meeting was enough to have a hold on her heart. Though love at first sight can always be built upon, which later I am sure it is assumed the characters bond between the pages), their encounter did not seem to justify their actions before they really had a chance to get to know one another.

For me, this book was mainly triggering two things I liked: lives in imminent peril with a dash of cultural flavor. If that’s your main dish and you liked the first book then I say this is the book for you. If the somewhat bland romance is going to be a problem for you then maybe don’t put this at the top of your to-be-read list. However, with that being said, let me reiterate that this book isn’t focused on the romance but more of comradery between Marinda & Iyla and how it is challenged.

The World Building– Although the first book set up the world with the vish kanya, this book gave a little more information regarding the Nagaraja, Tiger Queen, Crocodile King, and Garuda. I always have extra love for a book that incorporates real culture or folklore into its story, and this is no exception. There is something intriguing about transforming an idea to fit into another story, especially when it’s not your typical westernized/European/medieval style folklore. I do wish there was just a smidge more about the other factions, though, it would be expected that it would focus on the Naga. I did appreciate that Garuda had a slightly bigger role (since Garuda is an enemy to the Naga), and that even though typically is seen as male was written as female! Yay, girl power! I loved how Shields portrays their true forms as well. The concept made the Raksaka seem much more present and fearful.

The Characters-Iyla really stood out in this book, and for me was more the main character than Marinda. Again, I didn’t care much for her romance, though the girl does deserve to have someone she isn’t just trying to trick. Overall her character’s spirit and conviction is what shines the most. Though Marinda fights tooth and nail for Mani and occasionally for Iyla, Iyla is still the much better friend of the two.

I felt that Deven was really lack luster in this book. His character didn’t really do much of anything, and also just didn’t seem to fit. He’s supposed to be a prince, but didn’t really act very or do anything very princely.

The Soundtrack– The Dear Hunter – The Poison Woman

ARC provided by Random House via Netgalley for a fair review

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24473763Radiance (Wraith Kings #1) by Grace Draven


“He saw her as she’d always seen herself – as simply Ildiko. For her, it was enough; for him, a gift beyond price.” 

As the “spares” in the royal hierarchy both Ildiko and Brishen both did not expect a marriage of importance. To solidify an alliance, Ildiko a human is married to Brishen a Kai. Though one is natural to day and the other natural to night, they learn that even coming from different backgrounds their hearts soon become entwined.

The Story– This book is the definition of a slow burning romance. Really, although there are a few moments in the book not spent getting to know each other, nothing really happens….the whole time. With that said, it’s still incredibly easy to gobble this up and watch as Ildiko and Brishen adapt to each other. Since they are mutually repulsed by each other, it was a joy to see how their hearts changed the way their eyes saw each other.

Disclaimer:The epilogue sets the pretense for the next book and therefore may be construed as a cliffhanger.

Also, to be clear, I hate this book cover. I have seen good reviews on this, but thought it the perfect book when I saw that the 2018 POPSUGAR book challenge included “a book with an ugly cover”. So even though this isn’t the ugliest I still consider my ugly book cover accomplished.

The World Building– The only world building is really spent on the Kai culture. The small details that make a wraith race seem a little more magical really helped with accepting the inter species romance more palatable. Having the POV change from Ildiko to Brishen really made a unique story as you got to see each of their cultures through a stranger’s eye.

The Characters– Okay, let me just say I love both of our main characters. BUT, they are just too perfect. Ildiko is just too adaptable and accepting. Brishen is just too respectful and admirable. Our characters pretty much had zero flaws except for the fact that they weren’t more important to their kingdom.

The Soundtrack– Radiohead – Creep


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The City of Brass

32718027The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


“They shall control the winds and be lords of the deserts. And any traveler who strays across their land shall be doomed.” 

Nahri is a con artist, and essentially fakes it till she makes it. Literally, it’s her pretending that leads her to ultimately summon a djinn and discover that the entire time, she actually had some form of power. Except now she must make her way to Daevabad where she belongs. Where she discovers more than just her own power, but of that of her new djinn friend and that of her fearsome ancestors.

The Story– It’s been a few days since I finished this fantastic book and I am still having a hard time putting words together. I will in no way do this book any justice with this review, but I have to write something. I love that a debut novel can be just as good as a veteran writer, and this book deserves so much more hype. Why aren’t more people reading this? Truly, The Kingdom of Copper has bumped up to one of my most anticipated released for 2018. When I initially read the synopsis I thought, hmm, this sounds like it could be along the lines of Rebel in the Sands or The Star Touched Queen (both of which I thoroughly enjoyed) meets a con artist, but it ended up exceeding more than those simple expectations.

The story is much more complex than one about a girl who accidentally calls a djinn warrior and discovers that the magical world she was pretending existed actually existed. This book also had me drawn in from the beginning as within 10% the exciting action had me at the edge of my virtual seat wringing my hands as Nahri starts her adventure out near death…literally.

The World Building– This story was beautiful. Even though it is essentially set in Egypt in the 1800’s it transports you to an intricately woven magical world that is in parallel with the real one that we know. Let me be honest though. Even though there wasn’t an info dump, there were a few times that I felt a little overwhelmed by the culture of Daevabad (The City of Brass). The differences between the different djinn tribes was intriguing but left me hoping that the next book would dive a little more into their history and differences.

The Characters– The book is told from two POV. I love how intricately their two different stories collided and melded together. I really look forward to see how Nahri plays into the politics from here on out as she holds such a precarious position.

The Soundtrack– I feel like I must point out that this is one of my favorite songs to blast in my car. The climactic ending is fantastic and I reminisce seeing these guys live and what an amazing show they put on, especially this song. Anyway, it pleases me to attribute this jam to such a fantastic book.


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The Last Namsara

32667458The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli


“May Death send his worst! Cold to freeze the love in my heart. Fire to burn my memories to ash. Wind to force me through his gate. And time to wear my loyalty away.” 

Asha is the Iskari. The death bringer who slays dragons to atone for breaking the law and telling the Old Stories. One final dragon could mean her freedom and forgiveness from the people she brought destruction to. However, she must learn to not be the Iskari as she learns the truth about her own story.

The Story– Dragons That’s enough to draw me in. The story is about a girl who has been told all her life that she is basically evil and is revered for being the king’s daughter but held at arms length. She is doing everything she can to remedy her actions and find the grace of her people. What she ends up finding is that everything she believed would be turned upside down and the stories that she had been banned of speaking hold more truth than she ever imagined.
This was an incredibly easy read. The chapters were short and the pacing kept the book from lagging. The only reason why I dropped a few stars was because there were just a few things, that bothered me. I just wish the background of the story was a little more forthcoming. Like what was the importance of the stories being told? – not the effects of them, but why was she drawn to it in the first place? And why was Jarek (one of the antagonists) sooooo obsessed with her. There was just a little bit more room for some depth to the book.

The World Building– Where this book sets itself apart from the rest was the culture within it. Here is a world that story telling can draw a dragon near and give it power for it’s flames. But story telling is forbidden for it gives them the power for destruction. I love how the story telling is sort of wrapped up into a religion, but not blatantly so. It gives the religious feeling because it tells the stories of the beginning, but lacks the religious feeling due to its absence of worship.

The Characters– Asha and Torwin have this slow burning bond. I love how fierce the women are in these books. They may be tamed by a marriage, but yet they are still a force to be reckoned with. I love that by the end of the book you fully understand the relationship that Asha and Torwin have developed and it is just too sweet. Readers beware, there are a lot of hand/wrist/shoulder grabbing to make people look them in the eye…you know, to really know how someone feels when they are talking to each other.

The Soundtrack-Anna of the North – Sway